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for Diane Ward

              unemployment.      rate.
                                    too.      short.
                                  than.      any.
                            raccoon.      too. imagist.
                                 those.      any. synonyms.


                            paulist.       each.
                                road.       endless.   
                               from.        it.
                                  the.        same. irish.
                               from.        mudge. nerves.
                                  the.        wine. edges.   
                            behind.       a. verb.


                         she. was.        only. some.
                              drove.        herself.
                             trying.        to. convince.
                                  De.         Niro.
                              about.        which. atlantic.

                               (saun.              ch.)

                              where.              would.
                               about.              Goodman. Brown.

                                       a.              calve.
                                      of.              river.
                                some.              carpark.
                                   any.              size.
                                      of.              limes.

P. Inman, "reception. theory." from at. least.. Copyright © 1999 by P. Inman.  Reprinted by permission of Krupskaya.
Source: at. least. (Krupskaya, 1999)
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  • P. (Peter) Inman’s collections of poetry include Platin (1979), ocker (1982), Red Shift (1988), Criss Cross (1994), Vel (1995), at. least (1999), and Ad Finitum (2008). His work has been published in Ron Silliman’s influential anthology of Language poetry In the American Tree (2001).

    Inman’s poetry uses an anti-representational system of language. Mark Wallace, in an online article for Fascicle, noted in Inman’s work the tendency for patterns to “move across poems.” He found “brief images, oddly juxtaposed and undermining each other; phrases and sentences torn up by improperly placed periods; slash marks, jump cuts, stray bits of words; moments thick with meanings that never quite complete themselves; social ironies, a sly and biting humor.… It’s the movement that matters, the swoops, twists, barriers, jolts.”

    Inman has worked at the Library of Congress and been active in union organizations. He lives in Maryland with his wife, poet Tina Darragh.

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